2017-12-09T20:06:05Z via AndStatus To: Public
Ottawa sells off almost all its gold reserves, leaving just 77 ounces — or less - Business - CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/business/gold-canada-reserves-1.3475818
It's weird that Canada has no gold.
2017-12-06T13:14:52Z via AndStatus To: Public
OpenArchive — OpenArchive https://open-archive.net/ This is an amazing tool. I'd really like to figure out how to archive works on the ActivityPub network automatically.
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2017-12-06T00:50:01Z via AndStatus To: Public
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters - Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sleep_of_Reason_Produces_Monsters this is an etching I often see on the cover of paperback books. I am glad I know the name and artist now.
2017-11-26T19:59:23Z via AndStatus To: Public
Off for a business trip to Toronto. I'm driving; it's the most cost-effective means to get somewhere within 500km of Montreal, it takes only slightly longer door-to-door than flying, and I get to have my car while I'm there.
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2017-11-23T16:20:58Z via AndStatus To: Public
Last-minute decision to make American Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey will go in the oven this afternoon. Pies, sweet potatoes, stuffing, maybe some mash. Forgot cranberries!
2017-11-23T12:01:27Z via AndStatus To: Public
I got up and made eggs with cauliflower and smoked paprika for breakfast. Full pot of coffee. This is going to be a good day.Show all 6 replies
2017-11-19T15:37:06Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:News organizations that decry 'fake news' do not get my respect until they remove the advertisements styled to look like news articles.
2017-11-18T20:06:33Z via AndStatus To: Public
I've had problems with coffee for quite a few years. When I'm drinking it regularly, I increase my intake gradually: an extra cup in the morning. A cup in the afternoon. One after dinner. A full thermos on my desk all day.
As I drink more, I sleep less at night, I feel less, and worst of all, I get snappy and irritable with friends and family.
So I periodically go cold turkey. I'll typically switch to green tea, which has much lower levels of caffeine. I'll generally get a better outlook, sleep better, and feel better.
Except I love coffee. So then I reintroduce coffee slowly as a treat, then every day, then it gradually creeps into chain-drinking, and I'm back where I started.
I've recently hit on a formula that seems to work, wherein I can drink all the coffee I want before noon, and no coffee at all afterwards. I have noticed that my mood stays stable, I sleep well, but I still get to enjoy my cup.
The problem with rules like this is the edge cases. Like, what if I have a cup of coffee in hand as the clock strikes 12? What should I do with it? I've been giving myself the benefit of the doubt and made the deal that coffee that was poured in a cup before noon can be finished.
A couple of days ago, I made myself a French press at 11:35. I filled up my large Thermos cup, and there was still enough in the pot to fill up another porcelain cup. All poured before noon, all fair to drink as long as I wanted.
I didn't finish the Thermos cup until 4:30PM. I was up from midnight to 3:30am that night. Damn.
So, lesson learned. No coffee after noon, period. Anything still in the cup goes down the drain.
2017-11-18T19:56:16Z via AndStatus To: Public
ABOUT THAT GAME
Friends, last week I was listening to a podcast, and one of the speakers, in talking about a historical figure, said, "...He was dealt a bad hand of cards at birth, ..."
It's a standard metaphor, but it struck me that none of our typical card games really tries to simulate what it's like to live a life and play the cards that you're dealt.
I talked to Amita, Stavy and Michele Ann Jenkins and, based on their contributions and my own ideas, I wrote a first version of a ruleset for a card game that I think feels like living a life. It's half game of chance, half role-playing game.
Over the last few days I've been play-testing it with friends and family. I've had some great conversations with players about it, and every game has been worthwhile. So I thought some of you might like to try it and give me your feedback.
It just requires a standard 52-card deck, a pair of 6-sided dice, 2-4 people and some time and imagination. It takes about 15-30 minutes to play, and so far I've found it very rewarding.
I'd love to get your play notes, video of you playing if possible, questions or clarifications on the rules, and suggestions for changes.
Finally, I need some suggestions for a better place to publish a Markdown page.
2017-11-17T21:21:04Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:I have this insane problem and it's driving me mad.
I guess I need an adapter to connect my USB keyboard?
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2017-11-16T18:33:46Z via AndStatus To: Public
I am going to use this account more.
2017-10-27T12:01:23Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:My friend Ian Forrester asked me a few months ago my thoughts about Mozilla's Internet Health Report. I shared some ideas with him, which have developed into three sessions at Mozfest 2017 this weekend.
I thought other people might like to look over the list I sent him, so I posted it on my blog.
https://evanprodromou.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/the-health-of-the-internet/What do you think are the important issues facing the Internet today? What are the issues that will be coming up that people aren't yet paying attention to?
» Evan Prodromou:
“[...] What do you think are the important issues facing the Internet today? [...]”
The massive centralization of data and communication channels into a few hands, the lack of IPv6, the millions of proprietary, unsafe, unupgradable IoT devices being deployed...
1. It shouldn't be that simple to knock areas off the Internet with just a simple hurricane. Puerto Rico is still mostly missing. Connectivity to parts of the Caribbean are still gone.
2. We still have that quality of access problem. Everybody may have a connection but they range from fabulous to 33.6k dial-up still. Unfortunately most of the web is built assuming everybody has a fabulous connection when they don't. I don't necessarily want equality of outcomes forced on all but I want software developers to understand that not every user has fiber to the premises and that good design needs to understand that even in the US people are stuck with crappy access.
3. One good EMP and this all goes away anyhow. Has any thought gone into hardware standards alongside the software standards? An EMP airburst isn't a fanciful fiction anymore like it was in the 2012 remake of Red Dawn. Life may soon imitate art with Kim Jong Un potentially pulling the trigger.
4. I'm not really sure a gender parity in coding should triage as a high importance issue right now when the network today may be vulnerable to significant destruction due to so many consumer endpoints being clustered in the USA. The Mirai botnet attack in 2016 shows that we don't have a ready way to adapt to keep major consumer endpoints like Amazon and others accessible when a drastic DDoS is underway. Since an airburst EMP has moved from hypothetical to possible, have we even thought about what happens if/when Mozilla's headquarters/main data center is near the hypocenter of the EMP burst? What about Google? What about most of Silicon Valley?At the risk of expressing any agreement with the correspondent from Ashtabula, my answer is the same given when someone asked about threats to cities:1. War2. War3. WarI care a lot about say not letting DRM take over the web or recovering cities from cars, but I admit to being extremely short-sighted. Only peace matters.
2014-06-06T01:35:23Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC:If my cats want to be pet, and I don't do it immediately, they start licking my elbow. IT MAKES ME FURIOUS.